Thank you for the story Debbie.
I hope my kids feel like that about me when I die!
I too lost my parents when they were in their 60's. My Mom went first and my Dad went 9 months later..
After I lost my hubby (He was 63) I understood just what my parents had gone through. They were NOT JW's..but my hubby was always helping his parents (JW's) and never had the time or wants to help mine.
I loved my parents and did what I could to help them. I was glad my Mom went first as I got to spend some alone time with my Dad and found out so much I didn't know about my parents. I was so sad they didn't have more healthy time together.I still have tears that well up thinking about them..Like you..they died in 1987 and 1988 and I still think about them.
I don't think that we ever get over the pain of losing a loved one. No matter how long ago it was.
I think about how sick my Mom was and they didn't even tell me for a long time. My Dad had a bad hip and heart yet he pushed himself to stay by her side 24 hours a day. He wouldn't leave the hospital and ended up with Pnemonia. After Mom passed away I had to admit him to the hospital for pnemonia.He got better but I know his heart was broken. He died 9 months later...
Losing a loved one is just about the worst pain I can imagine. Especially if they feel like they will NEVER see that person again.